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Newsline audio releases – December 12, 2014

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As we head into the holiday season, law enforcement agencies across the state are mobilizing for the Booze and Belts traffic safety effort now through December 20. George Silverwood with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety says driving impaired is a dangerous and potentially deadly choice any time of year.

Cut 1: George Silverwood, Bureau of Transportation Safety (265 KB/17 seconds)

“It’s the hope of all law enforcement officers that people will voluntarily choose to buckle up and drive sober. But if they don’t, the extra traffic enforcement during the Booze and Belts mobilization will increase their risk of getting caught. During Booze and Belts and throughout the year, our goal is to save lives and prevent injuries — not to write more safety belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrests.”

Cut 2: George Silverwood, Bureau of Transportation Safety (212 KB/13 seconds)

"Well, slippery roads, poor visibility, holiday traffic and impaired drivers make this time of the year particularly dangerous on our roads. Our Booze and Belts campaign is designed to focus enforcement on drunken drivers — and people who don’t buckle up — in an effort to save lives this holiday season.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Silverwood (762 KB/49 seconds)

As we head into another holiday season, state and local law enforcement across Wisconsin will mobilize to keep a sharp eye out for impaired drivers and unbuckled motorists. George Silverwood with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety says the goal of the “Booze and Belts” traffic safety campaign now through December 20 is not to write citations, but to encourage voluntary compliance with traffic laws…

“Well, slippery roads, poor visibility, holiday traffic and impaired drivers make this time of the year particularly dangerous on our roads. Our Booze and Belts campaign is designed to focus enforcement on drunken drivers — and people who don’t buckle up — in an effort to save lives this holiday season.”

Over the last 10 years in Wisconsin, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have dropped nearly 50 percent. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Wisconsin has two new Rustic Roads for travelers to explore. Program coordinator Jane Carrola, with the Department of Transportation, talks about the additional routes.

Cut 1: Jane Carrola, Rustic Roads Program (369 KB/24 seconds)

“Rustic Road 116 is in St. Croix County near Boardman. There are several wildlife areas along the route. They make this route a popular place for wildlife viewing. Rustic Road 117 is in Waushara County near Saxeville. Travelers will find a covered bridge that provides access to Covered Bridge Park — a wonderful place for visitors to walk and explore.”

Cut 2: Jane Carrola, Rustic Roads Program (307 KB/20 seconds)

“Rustic Roads are lightly traveled, rural roads that must meet certain requirements. Local communities gather support for these roads and present applications to the Rustic Roads Board. Rustic Roads remain under local jurisdiction and are marked with brown and yellow signs.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Carrola (950 KB/61 seconds)

Wisconsin has two new Rustic Roads for travelers to explore. Program coordinator Jane Carrola, with the Department of Transportation, talks about the additional routes.

“Rustic Road 116 is in St. Croix County near Boardman. There are several wildlife areas along the route. They make this route a popular place for wildlife viewing. Rustic Road 117 is in Waushara County near Saxeville. Travelers will find a covered bridge that provides access to Covered Bridge Park — a wonderful place for visitors to walk and explore.”

Rustic Roads are lightly traveled, county roads that have to meet certain state requirements. Local communities gather support for these roads and present applications to the Rustic Roads Board. With the two new additions, Wisconsin is now home to nearly 670 miles of Rustic Roads. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the state’s first Rustic Road designation. This is Brock Bergey reporting.


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